Settling for less out of fear of being single.

  title={Settling for less out of fear of being single.},
  author={Stephanie S. Spielmann and Geoff Macdonald and Jessica A. Maxwell and Samantha Joel and Diana E Peragine and Amy Muise and E. Impett},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={105 6},
The present research demonstrates that fear of being single predicts settling for less in romantic relationships, even accounting for constructs typically examined in relationship research such as anxious attachment. Study 1 explored the content of people's thoughts about being single. Studies 2A and 2B involved the development and validation of the Fear of Being Single Scale. Study 2C provided preliminary support for the hypothesis that fear of being single predicts settling for less in… 

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